Pentax K1000 special edition

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by Yeshue, Dec 19, 2003.

  1. Yeshue

    Yeshue Guest

    I recently came across a Pentax K1000.
    -This had a self timer.
    -The body is full metal.
    -It does not have ASAHI engraved on top.
    -It has the standard 50 2.0 lens attached to it.

    However, what was different from the normal Pentax K1000 SE was the
    fact that instead of the words "SE" which appear on the top right side
    of a K1000, it had the words "Special edition" printed on it.
    I tried to look up this fact on but it
    only says that K1000 SE has only the words "SE" printed in the front.
    I am confused regarding this "special edition" symbol on this Pentax.
    Were K1000 SEs ever created by Pentax with the words "Special edition"
    on the right side.
    I was planning to get hold of a Pentax k1000 but am worried as to
    whether this piece is a genuine one or not.

    Is this camera a genuine one or not?

    Any help would be highly appreciated
    Yeshue, Dec 19, 2003
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  2. What do the pictures look like? If they are sharp and snappy it's a
    Dennis O'Connor, Dec 19, 2003
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  3. 1. There is no K-1000 with a built-in self timer.

    2. The Special Edition says SE on it.
    It has red leatherette and split-image focusing
    along with the standard microprism/ground glass.

    3. If it does not say ASAHI on top (AOC logo as well = Asaha Optical Co.)
    then the top is from a later China-built (Cosina) model.

    What you describe sounds like a frankenstein repair.
    I wouldn't be surprised if it were a KM which had the top replaced.
    (That built-in self timer is the only difference.)
    The mechanism is the same one and the reliability would be as good.
    Plus, you get a self timer.

    My personal guess is that a KM meter went out and
    someone swapped tops to fix the problem.
    It would be a practical solution.

    Collin Brendemuehl, Dec 19, 2003
  4. Yeshue

    Mark Roberts Guest

    I've never heard od an all-metal K1000 without the "Asahi" on it. Or a
    K1000 with a self timer. The KM was pretty much identical to the K1000
    except for the self timer. perhaps this is a home-made hybrid?
    Mark Roberts, Dec 19, 2003
  5. Yeshue

    ChrisPlatt Guest

    The KM has self-timer and DOF preview;
    the K1000 has neither.
    All KM bodies were made in Japan.
    IMO the KM is the more desirable model.

    Perhaps you saw a KM whose damaged top cover
    had been replaced with one from a K1000SE.

    Excelsior, you fatheads!
    ChrisPlatt, Dec 20, 2003
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    BandHPhoto Guest

    <Were K1000 SEs ever created by Pentax with the words "Special edition" on the
    right side.>

    If memory serves, the "SE" designation only meant a split image focus aid in
    the finder. The non-SE had a microprism. I do not believe "SE" has anything to
    do with a special edition.
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    Henry Posner/B&H Photo-Video
    BandHPhoto, Dec 23, 2003
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    Mike Guest

    The Pentax K1000 SE was a K1000 with brown leatherette and a diagonal split
    screen. The camera was supposed to be sold only to specialty camera stores
    giving them a price edge in competing with the big discounters and big box
    stores. It was a good idea, on paper.
    Mike, Dec 23, 2003
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